1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Ales and Trails - June 29, 2013 - Beginner Friendly Event

    For the tenth consecutive year, the trails and the beer will be flowing at China Camp State Park in San Rafael, CA on June 29th!

    Beginner Friendly Event Highlights:

    • Guided Rides and Beginner Skills Clinics - Including two Beginner Women's Skills Clinics led by Professional Coaches
    • Bike Skills Park - to hone your riding skills
    • Bike Demos - Test ride a Marin Bikes, Specialized, Santa Cruz and MORE
    • Family Friendly Event too - Family Rides, Kids Race, Root Beer on Tap, Kids under 12 are free!



    More Info and Tickets
    : www.alesandtrails.com


    Other Event Highlights:

    • Skills Clinics - Lessons from Pro Riders like Marin Bikes' Andrew Taylor
    • Guided Rides - Beginner to Advanced, and a Family Ride
    • Gear Demos - Including Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear and Kali Protectives
    • Hilride Bike Skills Park and Specialized Kids Zone
    • Gourmet BBQ - Catered by Chef Patrick Clark of the Culinary Institute of America
    • Beer Garden - 10 Local Breweries and Root Beer on Tap
    • Live Music - Arann Harris and The Farm Band
    • Silent Auction
    • Local Hero Awards
    • Kids Race - each kid gets a medal



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    IMBA members receive an additional 10% discount.

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    Three cheers for fine beer!

    Our frosty Beer Garden will include a couple new breweries this year including Baeltane Brewing out of Novato and Alaska Brewing Company.

    You can look forward to enjoying all these brews in your signature Ales and Trails pint glass, which comes free with entry:

    Lost Cost Brewery
    New Belgium Brewing
    Sierra Nevada
    Marin Brewing Company
    Moylan's Brewery
    Lagunitas Brewing Company
    Broken Drum Brewery
    Iron Spring Brewery (Root Beer on tap)
    Baeltane Brewing
    Alaska Brewing Company

    More info and tickets here: Beer Garden
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    New Skills Clinic Announced - Beginner/Intermediate

    Join Celia Graterol, founder of Mountain Biking Marin and 06 Downhill US National Champion, and Team Luna Chix rider Jackie Pereira in a fun clinic to improve your trail riding skills. This clinic will spend ~1hour in a larger group (10 max participants) honing basic skills. The second hour will be spent practicing skills on the trails in two smaller groups organized by skill level.

    -Celia has been organizing mountain bike rides and clinics around the San Francisco Bay and Tahoe areas since 2002. For the last 8 years, she has focused on offering first class individual and group clinics to teach others how to master Cross Country and Downhill riding. Jackie is an experienced racer, ride leader and skills instructor and veteran to Ales and Trails.
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    Silent Auction Highlights

    Do you like to shop for bike gear? Do you the money you spend on gear went to help get trails in the ground? If yes, then save your dough for Ales and Trails and shop for great gear and support IMBA in Northern California at the same time.

    The Ales and Trails Silent Auction has a full range of products ranging from a Marin Mount Vision XM7 bike to Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear, to Yakima racks, GoPro Hero3s, and Cycles Gladiator wine.

    Silent Auction Sponsors:
    Marin Bikes, Clif Bar, Kenda, Smith Optics, Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear, Specialized Bicycles, Tam Bikes, REI, Cycles Gladiator Wine, Dakine, Bell Sports, Strava, Feedback Sports, GoPro, Kali Protectives, Tecnu, SRAM/RockShox, Yakima, Crank Brothers, CamelBak, Nite Rider, Performance Bicycles and MORE…

    Highlights:
    Marin Bikes Mount Vision XM7 -- bikeradar.com's 2013 Bike of the Year
    The new 140mm travel QUAD 3.0 Mount Vision XM series delivers all of the sinister grins it did before in a package that is lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. The 140mm tuned version of the QUAD 3.0 suspension system gives all-day pedaling efficiency and unmatched terrain gobbling ability. Combined with proven geometry, the Mount Vision XM140 series are the go anywhere, do anything bikes that will inspire you to ride faster with more confidence.

    RockShox Sid 29 100mm
    And the ultimate race fork upgraded with the new Motion Control DNA damping system. SID’s Superlight Integrated Design structure plus 15mm Maxle Lite and the BlackBox carbon crown steerer create a chassis with all the stiffness you need at the weight you want.

    Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear
    Top end, highest quality apparel company based in Larkspur
    Described by reviewers at BikeMag as "The greatest piece of mountain bike attire I've ever used."
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    Kids Race!

    Whether or not you have kids, the Ales and Trails Kids Race is always a highlight!

    Each participant receives a number plate and medal at the end of the race.

    The short course held within the event venue, is perfect for kids under 11.
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    Live Music - Arann Harris and The Farm Band!

    We are SO excited about our live band!

    Arann Harris & The Farm Band: "SHELF" - YouTube

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    Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear demos

    Have you checked out Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear? If not, here's your chance. Kitsbow is leading a group ride at Ales and Trails, and they will have their super slick shorts to demo. Often referred to as "the best item of cycle specific clothing I have ever worn," Kitsbow is excited to share their cycling clothing with you at Ales and Trails.

    Kitsbow | Impeccable mountain bike wear for obsessives

    www.alesandtrails.com

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    Register Now and Save!

    Friendly reminder: Space is limited at this event, pre-register and save! www.alesandtrails.com

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    FREE Brake and Gear Adjustments

    As if Ales and Trails wasn't already an incredible value in addition to being a fundraiser, Sports Basement's all-star mechanic will be offering FREE Brake and Gear Adjustments to attendees at the event.

    Sports Basement

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    Complimentary Sports Massage!

    Step right up! Complimentary Sports Massage station at Ales and Trails. Visit Thrive Manual Therapy at the event, they specialize in clothes-on manual therapy and bodywork.

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